V&A Digital Futures is an open platform for the display and discussion of new work by students, researchers, creative practitioners and other professionals working with digital media, interactive art, digital design, science and more. The programme offers opportunities to show and discuss work and ideas with fellow creative practitioners, researchers and the public, but also a platform to network and nurture discussion and future collaborations.
We are very pleased to introduce the new series of the Digital Futures programme, taking place at BL-NK from April 2014.
BL-NK is an urban-space in Hackney's Shoreditch district, close to Old Street roundabout. This exception space is a showcase for what is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting creative, commercial & tech clusters in Europe. The founding organisations include POKE, onedotzero, Cube Space & Albion along with Hackney Council and the V&A who are using BL-NK as their East London base. BL-NK will be open for one year and is entirely funded by private sponsorship.
The first event, on Tuesday 15 April, will include talks and presentations on waste and design.
Free tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-futures-tickets-11186726801
Paulo Goldstein (Goldstein developed a repair methodology that uses elements of broken systems to repair broken objects. His repaired objects, reflect and question the environment that created them. http://www.paulogoldstein.com)
Christopher Daniel Jack (his research focuses on the interactions between mindfulness meditation and technology: principally looking at how might technology be supportive of learning mindfulness, rather than a hindrance to it. http://itsmrjack.com)
Dimi Constantinides (Co-founding member of BAI LAB [Born An Idea] - a London based inter-disciplinary creative Lab. The Lab incubates ideas from the wet and edgy margins of Architecture, Product and Interaction-based Design. http://www.bornanidea.com)
Alkesh Parmar (multidisciplinary designer, artist who creates innovate sustainable solutions through products and systems design, and creative founder of APeel, a company which up-cycles citrus rind - a by-product from industrial juice processing - into bio-composite materials. Alkesh is engaged in thinking about processes of re-materialisation, specifically materials that are normally destined to become waste products. http://alkeshparmar.com)
Hal Watts (engineer and designer and one of the founders of Searu, a startup developing a new industrial knitting technology. His personal work focuses on environmental issues and the hidden consequences of our behaviours and products. http://cargocollective.com/halwatts)
Federico Magalini (E-waste management. Author of more than 30 publications in national, international journals and conference proceedings, as well as co-author of the first Italian book on e-waste management, published in 2005. http://unu.edu/faculty/federico-magalini.html)
Janet Gunter/The Restart Project (London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer, by learning fundamental repair and maintenance skills. Through community and workplace events The Restart Project create engaging opportunities to increase the lifespan of electronics and electrical equipment. http://therestartproject.org)
Gyorgyi Galik (her practice focuses on voluntary social change, and more specifically on how we can transform socio-ecological systems and our collective relationship towards the environmental commons to address and respond to contemporary social and environmental challenges. http://gyorgyigalik.com/)
image credit: Paulo Goldstein 'Repaired Anglepoise II'